How to Groom An American Bobtail Cat

Reviewed by Grooming Expert: Clarissa Stevenson, CFMG

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Body Type: Cobby

 Coat type and length: Semi-long

 Coat Texture: The American Bobtail has a short to medium length coat that is dense and plush to the touch. The texture of their fur is slightly rough and can come in a variety of colors and patterns.

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If you’re looking for a cat friend that’s both playful and affectionate, the American Bobtail might just be the perfect match for you. With their distinctive short tails and wildcat-like appearance, these cats are a unique and eye-catching addition to any household.

But don’t let their rugged exterior fool you – American Bobtails are known for their friendly and sociable personalities, making them a great choice for families and cat lovers alike. So if you’re ready to welcome a furry friend into your home, consider the American Bobtail – they’re sure to steal your heart in no time!

American Bobtail Cat Characteristics

TheAmerican Bobtail cat is a medium to large-sized breed known for its distinctive short, bobbed tail. They have a muscular build and a wild appearance, with tufted ears and a thick, shaggy coat. American Bobtails are friendly and affectionate cats, often described as dog-like in their behavior. They are intelligent and playful, making them great companions for families with children or other pets.

This breed is also known for its adaptability, making it a great choice for both indoor and outdoor living. Regular grooming is recommended to keep their coat healthy and shiny.

Essential Grooming Tools for American Bobtail Cats

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To groom your American Bobtail Cat properly, you’ll need the following:

Grooming ToolDescriptionPrice
Slicker brushGets rid of stray hairs, detangles minor knots, and preserves a glossy coat$10 – $20
Grooming glovesGently removes loose hair while providing a relaxing massage$10 – $25
Nail clippersTrims your cat’s nails carefully to hinder overgrowth and reduce the risk of injuries$5 – $15
Ear cleanerHelps reduce the buildup of bacteria, yeast, and other harmful microorganisms in your cat’s ears, thereby preventing ear infections$8 – $15
Cotton ballsEffectively absorb and remove dirt, debris, and excess earwax from the cat’s ears, contributing to better overall ear health and reducing the risk of infections$1 – $5
ToothbrushMaintains your cat’s oral health by cleaning their teeth and preventing dental concerns$3 – $10
ToothpasteCat toothpaste contains ingredients that combat bad breath, leaving your cat with a fresher, more pleasant mouth odor$5 – $10
ShampooCat shampoos effectively eliminate dirt, grime, and oils from your cat’s coat, while also neutralizing any unpleasant odors, leaving your cat’s fur clean, soft, and fresh-smelling$3 – $12

Let’s begin grooming our cats!

Step-by-Step Guide to Grooming Your American Bobtail Cat

Brushing Your American Bobtail Cat

Brushing Frequency: Brush your American Bobtail once a week

Technique: Use the slicker brush or grooming mitt and brush in the direction of hair growth.

Bathe your American Bobtail occasionally to help control shedding.

Bathing your American Bobtail Cat

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When it comes to bathing your American Bobtail, it’s important to keep in mind that they have a thick, water-resistant coat that doesn’t require frequent washing. In fact, over-bathing can strip their coat of its natural oils and cause skin irritation.

Aim to bathe your Bobtail no more than once every few months, or as needed if they get into something particularly dirty.

  1. Use a gentle, cat-specific shampoo and lukewarm water to wet their coat, being careful not to get water in their ears or eyes.
  2. Massage the shampoo into their coat, then rinse thoroughly.
  3. Towel dry your Bobtail and keep them warm until they’re completely dry.
  4. And remember, always reward them with treats and praise for being a good sport during bath time!

How Often Should I Bathe My American Bobtail Cat?

You should bathe your American Bobtail cat only when necessary, such as if they get into something dirty or smelly, as they are generally good at grooming themselves.

How to Trim the Nails of an American Bobtail

  • Gather your supplies: cat nail clippers, styptic powder (in case of bleeding), and treats.
  • Find a comfortable spot for your cat, such as a table or your lap.
  • Hold your cat’s paw gently but firmly and press on the pad to extend the nail.
  • Use the clippers to trim the tip of the nail, being careful not to cut the quick (the pink part inside the nail).
  • If you accidentally cut the quick and your cat starts bleeding, apply styptic powder to stop the bleeding.
  • Repeat with the other paws, giving your cat breaks and treats as needed.
  • Aim to trim your American Bobtail’s nails every 2-3 weeks to prevent them from getting too long and causing discomfort.

Remember, trimming your cat’s nails can be stressful for both you and your cat, so take it slow and be patient. With practice, you’ll both become more comfortable with the process.

How to Clean the Ears of an American Bobtail

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  • Gather your supplies: cotton balls or pads, ear cleaning solution (make sure it’s safe for cats), and a towel.
  • Hold your American Bobtail securely in your lap or on a table.
  • Gently lift one ear flap and inspect the ear for any signs of redness, swelling, or discharge. If you notice anything unusual, contact your veterinarian.
  • Saturate a cotton ball or pad with the ear cleaning solution and gently wipe the inside of the ear flap and the ear canal. Be careful not to insert the cotton ball too far into the ear canal.
  • Use a fresh cotton ball or pad to wipe away any excess solution and debris.
  • Repeat on the other ear.
  • Reward your American Bobtail with a treat or some playtime to make the experience positive.

Things to Watch Out For:

– Never fully shove Q-tips or any other type of object into your cat’s ears. This can push debris further into the ear canal and cause injury.
– If your American Bobtail shows signs of discomfort or pain during the ear cleaning process, stop immediately and contact your veterinarian.
– If you notice any unusual discharge, odor, or redness in your cat’s ears, contact your veterinarian. These can be signs of an ear infection or other health issue.

Cleaning Your Cat’s Teeth

  • Start by getting your American Bobtail comfortable with having their mouth touched. Gently lift their lip and touch their teeth and gums with your finger.
  • Once they are comfortable with this, introduce them to a toothbrush specifically designed for cats. You can find these at most pet stores.
  • Use a small amount of cat-friendly toothpaste on the toothbrush and gently brush their teeth in a circular motion. Be sure to focus on the back teeth where plaque and tartar tend to build up.
  • Brush for about 30 seconds on each side of their mouth.
  • Reward your American Bobtail with a treat or praise after each brushing session to make it a positive experience.
  • Aim to brush your American Bobtail’s teeth at least 2-3 times a week to maintain good oral hygiene.

Remember, regular brushing can help prevent dental issues and keep your American Bobtail healthy and happy!

Preventing and Addressing Common Coat Issues

Pat yourself on the back for grooming your cat properly! That said, look out for the following:

Fleas and Ticks

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American Bobtails are prone to flea and tick infestations, especially during the warmer months. To prevent these pests, regularly groom your cat with a flea comb and use a flea and tick preventative medication recommended by your veterinarian. If you notice any signs of fleas or ticks, such as excessive scratching or small black dots on your cat’s skin, consult with your vet for treatment options.

Matted Fur

American Bobtails have a thick, shaggy coat that can easily become matted if not brushed regularly. Use a slicker brush to gently remove any tangles and mats, and consider trimming the fur around the hindquarters to prevent fecal matter from getting stuck in the fur.

Allergies and Skin Irritations

American Bobtails are generally healthy cats, but they can be prone to skin irritation caused by allergies or parasites. Regular grooming and flea prevention can help prevent these issues. If your cat does develop skin irritation, consult with your veterinarian for proper treatment.

Frequently Asked Questions About Grooming American Bobtail Cats

How Often Should I Brush My American Bobtail Cat?

You should brush your American Bobtail cat at least once a week to keep their coat healthy and shiny. However, during shedding season, it’s recommended to brush them more frequently, up to two to three times a week, to prevent matting and hairballs.

Can I Use Human Shampoo on My American Bobtail Cat?

You should not use human shampoo on your American Bobtail cat. Human shampoo is formulated for human hair and can be too harsh for your cat’s delicate skin and coat. It can strip away natural oils and cause dryness, itching, and irritation. Instead, use a cat-specific shampoo that is gentle and pH-balanced for your cat’s skin.